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Puerto Rico Hit With Island-Wide Blackout

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Puerto Rico has been hit with an island-wide blackout, as residents struggle to cope with an increasingly unstable power grid almost seven months after Hurricane Maria devastated the Caribbean. 

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BREAKING: Island-wide blackout hits Puerto Rico, which suffering unstable power grid following hurricane.

— The Associated Press (@AP) April 18, 2018

The cause is unknown, though a fault was detected on the line "50700" which starts in Aguirre Central. Electric Power Authority spokeswoman Yohari Molina tells The Associated Press that crews are investigating, while officials said Wednesday it could take 24 to 36 hours to fully restore power.

CONFIRMED:
Black out in Puerto Rico.
The entire island is without power. There is “ZERO power generation at this point”, according to a 2nd @AEEONLINE spokesman

A fault was detected on the line 50700 which starts in Aguirre Central

It may take 24 to 36 hours to restore pour

— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) April 18, 2018

Today's outage marks the first time since the island has suffered a total electrical failure since the Category 4 storm hit on September 20 - leaving many of Puerto Rico's 40,000 electric customers without reliable power. 

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